18 x 8"
oil on panels
Included in my upcoming solo show Sargentology - a triptych featuring John Singer Sargent's large-scale painting Gassed, painted in 1919 - a commission by the British government, one of many propoganda works of art depicting the realities and suffering of the Great War.
Sargent was 62 years old when, after months of procrastinating, traveled to the Western front, in the midst of WWI to gather images for his commission. There he witnessed this scene with his own eyes, the aftermath of a terrible mustard gas attack - soldiers leading each other with their hands on the shoulder of the man in front of him, blinded by the gas. The atmosphere of the mustard/grey toned sky and ironically, the football game being played in the far distance, as if nothing happened - reminds me of the scene in Apolcalypse Now of the agent orange bombs in the background while soldiers surfed in the sea.
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